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Definition of mannerism noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a particular habit or way of speaking or behaving that someone has but is not aware of nervous/odd/irritating mannerisms
  2. 2[uncountable] too much use of a particular style in painting or writing
  3. 3Mannerism [uncountable] a style in 16th-century Italian art that did not show things in a natural way but made them look strange or out of their usual shape
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mannerism